The Rocket

Ryan Barlow, EIC
As a freshman beginning my first year at Slippery Rock University, I didn’t truly know what path I would take over the course of my four years here. In October 2013, a month into my freshman year, I found myself at Cooper’s Lake Campground covering Women’s Cross Country and preparing to write my very first article as a Rocket contributor. Little did I know it at the time, I was taking my first step into an incredible experience with the newspaper.


During my sophomore year, I found myself on The Rocket’s staff as Assistant Sports Editor. Working alongside the Sports Editor at the time, Brian Hepfinger, we brought new ideas to the section, including the “Athlete of the Month” voting poll. The following year, after I had taken over as Sports Editor, we were able expand on this poll by adding feature articles to commemorate the Athlete of the Month winners, and I couldn’t have done it without the help of the current Sports Editor, Cody Nespor, who practically overhauled our section visually and did a tremendous job as my partner.


As a senior, I leave the sports section and will take on new responsibility as The Rocket’s Editor-in-Chief, a position I wouldn’t have even imagined myself to be in a year ago. With this responsibility comes a great deal of challenges, most notably our cut down in total publications to just 10 for the entire year, causing us to create more of a focus with I understand that this year will come with its growing pains, but that doesn’t make me any less excited to get this started. I have been graced with an incredible staff and I am absolutely certain The Rocket will have another strong year and I can’t wait to see what unfolds for this newspaper in 2016-2017 and beyond.

Ryan Barlow, Editor-in-Chief

May 03, 2017
New Rocket staff looks to keep the paper’s standard high while undergoing major changes (Story)
May 02, 2017
Rocket Editor-in-Chief bids farewell to staff (Story)
Feb 21, 2017
President Norton and her husband reflect on their adventurous past in the world of dog sled racing (Story)
Oct 29, 2016
Students create an interpretive trail to provide a non-scary Halloween experience for kids (Story)
Apr 25, 2016
Rock shares wins with Seton Hill on Sunday doubleheader (Story)
Apr 21, 2016
Student creates chalk portraits around campus (Story/Media)
Apr 20, 2016
Baseball’s struggles continue after doubleheader sweep by Shepherd (Story)
Apr 14, 2016
Fake ID use rising in Slippery Rock (Story)
Apr 13, 2016
Baseball splits weekday doubleheader with Cal U (Story)
Apr 06, 2016
Crimson Hawks’ offense too much for SRU to handle in doubleheader (Story)
Mar 30, 2016
Women Who Rock: Sophomore balances motherhood with basketball (Story)
Mar 23, 2016
Two LAX seniors reach career milestone (Story)
Mar 21, 2016
Sophomores ignite Rock offense in doubleheader (Story)
Mar 02, 2016
SRU runs up score on rival Cal U to earn second win of the season (Story)
Feb 25, 2016
Women’s basketball ends season with loss at UPJ (Story)
Feb 18, 2016
Rock soars past Golden Eagles (Story)
Feb 14, 2016
Rock baseball begins 2016 season by splitting double-header at Belmont Abbey (Story)
Feb 13, 2016
Crimson Hawks score big, roll past Rock women (Story)
Feb 11, 2016
‘Logueberger’ voted as SRU’s cutest couple (Story)
Feb 04, 2016
Edinboro outlasts Rock women 78-70 (Story)
Jan 28, 2016
Baseball coach gears team up for 2016 (Story)
Jan 27, 2016
Rock can’t overcome Mercyhurst despite junior’s 28-point effort (Story)
Dec 18, 2015
Rock hires a familiar face as new head football coach (Story)
Dec 03, 2015
After a long journey, junior finally settles in with Rock basketball (Story)
Dec 03, 2015
Rock women’s basketball tops Ohio Valley in inter-conference matchup (Story)
Dec 02, 2015
Josh Radnor discusses his role in HIMYM and his love for acting (Story)
Nov 28, 2015
Assumption’s late rally comes up two points shy as Rock advances to round three (Story)
Nov 23, 2015
New D-1 transfers to lead women’s program (Story)
Nov 21, 2015
Strong first half ensures round one win for Rock football over Virginia Union (Story)
Nov 20, 2015
New D-1 transfers to lead women’s program (Story)
Nov 19, 2015
Women’s basketball suffers first loss of the season (Story)
Nov 17, 2015
Rock football wins second consecutive PSAC championship (Story)
Nov 14, 2015
Women’s basketball shines in fourth quarter, opens season with a win (Story)
Nov 09, 2015
Rock propels to PSAC Championship game with blowout (Story)
Nov 05, 2015
Rock football prepares for annual Milk Jug game against rival Clarion (Story)
Nov 03, 2015
Football smothers Edinboro in 52-10 blowout (Story)
Oct 26, 2015
Rock football tops rival IUP in a high-scoring affair (Story)
Oct 22, 2015
SRU XC to host PSAC Championships (Story)
Oct 21, 2015
Rock football slips by Mercyhurst with two fourth quarter touchdowns (Story)
Oct 15, 2015
Football wins blowout on Homecoming (Story)
Sep 30, 2015
Seton Hill stuns Rock football (Story)
Sep 24, 2015
Rock football humiliates Millersville (Story)
Sep 17, 2015
Football battles through bad weather and injuries to win home opener over East Stroudsburg (Story)
Sep 17, 2015
Last second goal lifts Rock women over Cal U (Story)
Sep 10, 2015
Rock dominates New Haven (Story)
Sep 02, 2015
SRU running back chases school record (Story)
Aug 28, 2015
Rock football ready to defend PSAC title (Story)
Aug 27, 2015
Rock women’s volleyball prepares for rebuilding period (Story)
Jun 10, 2015
Rock 2B drafted by Baltimore Orioles (Story)
Apr 30, 2015
Baseball eliminated from PSAC Tournament (Story)
Apr 30, 2015
Baseball’s regular season ends with sweep over UPJ (Story)
Apr 29, 2015
Softball player encouraged to lead by example (Story)
Apr 23, 2015
Baseball takes one against Huskies (Story)
Apr 16, 2015
Former Steeler speaks about adversity (Story)
Apr 15, 2015
Rock baseball splits doubleheader with Shippensburg (Story)
Apr 09, 2015
NFL hires first woman as full-time official (Story)
Apr 08, 2015
Rock baseball completes season sweep of Gannon (Story)
Apr 02, 2015
Baseball homers five times during sweep of Walsh (Story)
Mar 26, 2015
Rock baseball splits doubleheader with Mercyhurst (Story)
Mar 26, 2015
Bloomsburg baseball player dismissed because of tweet (Story)
Mar 19, 2015
Rock head baseball coach earns 900th career win (Story)
Mar 18, 2015
Rock baseball falls in PSAC opener against Mercyhurst (Story)
Mar 05, 2015
Former Rock athletes standout at professional level (Story)
Feb 26, 2015
Women’s basketball clinches playoff spot despite loss (Story)
Feb 26, 2015
Rock senior balances basketball with ROTC (Story)
Feb 19, 2015
Women’s basketball fails to make comeback (Story)
Feb 19, 2015
Rock baseball starts season strongly with three wins (Story)
Feb 12, 2015
Women’s basketball topped by Fighting Scots (Story)
Feb 11, 2015
Matt Adams’ no. 25 retired by Rock baseball (Story)
Feb 10, 2015
Rock Baseball ranked third in preseason poll (Story)
Feb 05, 2015
Second half rally leads Rock women past Mercyhurst (Story)
Jan 29, 2015
Women’s basketball blown out by Gannon (Story)
Jan 28, 2015
Rock senior reaches career milestone (Story)
Dec 04, 2014
Women’s basketball shock reigning PSAC champs (Story)
Nov 20, 2014
Women’s basketball looks to make big improvements (Story)
Nov 20, 2014
Women’s coach looks to be at SRU for the long haul (Story)
Nov 15, 2014
Women’s basketball dominates in season-opener (Story)
Nov 11, 2014
Rock volleyball season ends with win (Story)
Nov 06, 2014
Men’s soccer knocked out in first round (Story)
Oct 31, 2014
Men’s soccer clinches playoff spot in PSAC tournament (Story)
Oct 26, 2014
Men’s soccer wins close game against Gannon (Story)
Oct 22, 2014
Twin brother soccer players journey to SRU (Story)
Oct 09, 2014
Men’s soccer loses despite shot advantage (Story)
Oct 02, 2014
Men’s soccer scores late to beat Salem International (Story)
Sep 25, 2014
Rock men’s soccer drops third loss to Millersville (Story)
Sep 17, 2014
SRU senior scores winning goal for men’s soccer (Story)
Sep 11, 2014
Golden Eagles soar past men’s soccer (Story)
Sep 04, 2014
Former division I coach takes over SRU soccer (Story)
Sep 04, 2014
Men’s soccer loses first game of season (Story)
Aug 27, 2014
Rock soccer ready to repeat PSAC title (Story)
Jun 08, 2014
Rock graduate drafted by Detroit Tigers (Story)
May 04, 2014
Rock baseball ends season against Millersville (Story)
Apr 24, 2014
Rock baseball splits weekend with UPJ (Story)
Apr 17, 2014
Griffins take series over SRU baseball (Story)
Apr 09, 2014
Baseball splits weekend series with Gannon, prepares for Seton Hill (Story)
Apr 03, 2014
Green and White racks up 40 runs in doubleheader (Story)
Apr 03, 2014
SRU baseball turns two (Story)
Apr 01, 2014
Rock baseball sweeps Cal-U in four game series (Story)
Mar 26, 2014
IUP takes weekend series from Rock (Story)
Mar 13, 2014
Rock baseball splits doubleheader with Shippensburg (Story)
Mar 06, 2014
SRU drops series in Tennessee (Story)
Mar 05, 2014
SRU baseball drops three-game series to King (Story)
Feb 25, 2014
Baseball takes three of four from Walsh (Story)
Feb 20, 2014
Baseball picked to finish third in PSAC (Story)
Feb 11, 2014
SRU baseball picked to finish third in PSAC (Story)
Jan 30, 2014
A.J. Burnett to test free agent market for 2014 season (Story)
Oct 17, 2013
Cross country teams take first at SRU Invite (Story)
Sep 26, 2013
Rock competes at Lock Haven Invite (Story)
Sep 19, 2013
Women’s XC takes second (Story)
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